Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Touché

Facebook is good for many, many things. Posting cute pictures of children. Sharing meaningless, time-wasting crap. Promoting political stances that are unpopular to everyone except those people who think Sean Hannity is brilliant -- making your old camp friends wonder what the hell happened to you. Of course, the best way to use Facebook is to mess with people from work. And the people I work with? Experts.

I don't know if you knew this, but it is very easy to leave yourself logged into Facebook, even if you close the browser window. I know I didn't know that until I mysteriously became a fan of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Jason Chaffetz. I figured out how it happened about a week later when my co-workers gleefully crowded around a computer where another hapless dupe was still logged in, and made him a fan of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Rachel Maddow (this dupe and that dupe have very different politics).

Of course, the best way to mess with someone on Facebook is not to use their account, but to make a grand pronouncement about that person to all his/her friends. After all, what good is messing with a person if they are the only one who gets to enjoy it? I cannot tell you how many times engagement/pregnancy/relocation/sex change rumors have been started with the click of just a few keys. I would print examples, but they are quickly deleted. However, they still spread like wildfire. You can see them go from desk to desk, as people click on to the forbidden site and read the news. You would think we would be more careful than that, since we all know how social networking sites can get people in trouble at work, and since we report on that trouble. You would be wrong. After all, we have to have some joy in between reporting on hit and runs, and the death of world leaders.

Now, if I could just figure out a way to tell all of my work friends they are fired through Facebook, and make it believable. I mean, before they figure it out first.

16 comments:

Riot Kitty said...

Heh. If I could somehow mess with some of the people I dislike, I'd consider going on Facebook!

G said...

Actually, Facebook is great for planning sneak attacks on stupid people who simply....

DON'T.

GET.

IT.

Kelly said...

If I had access to facebook at work, I really would never get anything done.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Too funny!
My son and his friends do this to one another all the time when they're together. They put some ridiculous things that always crack me up!

Allison said...

LOL.. At my old workplace, people would hijack each other's emails. This prankery continued even after one idiot emailed "I'm pregnant!" from a female associate's computer - she wasn't, and had been trying for quite some time. It was especially devastating because people kept coming up to her and saying "Congrats!" and she didn't know why....

Anyway, my point is - to really get your co-workers, you'll have to hijack the boss's email. ;) But afterwards, always be sure to lock your computer when you leave your desk...

Jennifer Lynn said...

Facebook is apparently the go-to place for sneaky divorce lawyers and child custody battles. Who knew. Ouch.

Think I will keep it on lock-down;)

Steam Me Up, Kid said...

My favorite thing is when people post private messages in their status bar. That's a two-fer, because it tells everyone, "I don't understand technology" and they get to read things like "Hey thanks for the awesome sex, it had been a while, boy did I need that!" YAY!

Summer said...

That's awesome. I love workplace pranks.

Kim said...

Are you trying to say you really didn't have an itchy crotch after sleeping with the hairy intern?

Her said...

Hah--you do have to have something to break the monotony of work days. My cousin and her ex-boyfriend used to post the meanest things on each others accounts. It was hilarious watching, but at the same time...

Lorrie Veasey said...

At last a decent alternative to bejeweled blitz or going to some virtual barn raising. And here I thought FB had no reedeeming social value...little did I know that it could provide such a forum for a smart ass like me.

Alyssa said...

Makes me love Facebook even more...

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Wow, how impressive. And here I was looking at my sisters' vacation photos. How dull.

Ellie

just making my way said...

Probably one of the reasons they banned FB at my work. That, or they're just lame.

Aunt Juicebox said...

ROFL My daughter's dad does this to her ALL the time. He posts some really mean stuff sometimes, like oh that test for the clap was positive, my bad. She's gotten better about it, but he still gets her once in awhile.

BugginWord said...

You know about FailBook, right? http://failbook.com/